There are already quite a few results suggesting books to be purchased for particular topics. For example, take the search someone might follow to find a probability book. They might visit these questions on their search (one, two, three). However, these sources are just one or two people giving their opinions. I think a comprehensive source would allow book suggestions to come from many different backgrounds, and apply to many different levels of skill. There could be beginning probability (calculus based), intermediate probability (measure theoretic based), and so on. Those might not be accurate, but you get the picture. I think it would cut down some of the repetitious questions, and move any new discussions to more specific inquiries.

StackOverflow has already used this book recommendation scheme to great success in the following examples:

  1. C++ book list: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/388242/the-definitive-c-book-guide-and-list
  2. Though it was eventually moved to Github, the list of free programming books is quite extensive: https://github.com/vhf/free-programming-books/blob/master/free-programming-books.md

What do you all think? Hopefully I properly brought this up for discussion, I don't really know what I'm doing. I was just searching for a centralized book recommendation list on statistics books and was surprised when there was none.

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    $\begingroup$ I think these could be very helpful. I also don't think they fit particularly well on the main site. However, these would probably make good blog posts on the community blog, which you (or anyone else) could write. $\endgroup$ – davidlowryduda Jun 25 '14 at 21:15
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    $\begingroup$ May I ask why you think they don't fit particularly well on the main site? It seems like if it was on the community blog, we go back to the one person stating their opinion model, as opposed to popular opinion being the driving force for recommendations. There are book and reference recommendation questions on the main site and even tags for them -- I'm curious why a maintained, comprehensive source for references (or multiple sources) wouldn't fit there as well. Also, I didn't know the community blog existed, so I imagine the exposure will be drastically lessened being there. $\endgroup$ – FreshDresch Jun 26 '14 at 6:45

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